Ramblers Group


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Co-ordinator Martin Richards

This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each other’s company and tramping the local fields, highways and byways, marveling at the wonderful Warwickshire scenery so close to us.

We meet twice a month, on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday at 10.00 am.

We have a number of walk leaders who take it in turns to select a walk of between 4 and 6 miles. They choose where to go and where we meet.  I like to encourage newer members to offer to lead a walk after they have settled in with us but there is no compunction to do so!

We try to start within 10 miles of Balsall Common and most frequently find pub car parks very suitable for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk.

We currently have 70 members of whom the majority are active.

We currently average around 18-25 members per walk with a high of 30!  We walk in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow! And in the 10 years the group has been running have only cancelled half a dozen walks due to weather conditions.

The cost is very low - we have a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs.  We do, however, ask members to pay for their own drinks/meals after a walk!  With the joining fee money raised so far we have bought and kept up to date 2 first aid kits for the leaders to take on their walks and future funds will be available to buy maps, written up walks, etc.

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Martin Richards by telephone: 01676 533429, or email: ramblers@balsallcommonu3a.org .  Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that particular walk. Please note, however, if you are not already a U3A member you will not be covered by the U3A insurance scheme.  Following that if you wish to continue you will need to join the U3A and the Ramblers group.

Walk Leader Schedule 2018  (You will need a username and password to access this list if you have forgotten it click on this link)

If anyone wants to lead a walk please contact Martin Richards.  Help is at hand for anyone who has never lead a walk before.

If anyone wants to create a ramble route, either for the U3A or for personal reasons try out the following site:  http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

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First October Walk

When:            Tuesday 2 October 2018

Where:           Kings Arms, Knowle, (4m)


Meet:              10:00 at Kings Arms (previously known as The Herons Nest) 2110 Warwick Road, Knowle,  Solihull B93 0EE, on the A41.


Travel:            From BC take the road to Knowle (B4101).  Shortly after Springfield School TL into Watery lane.  Continue to the end and TR onto A41.  The pub is only a few hundred yards on the LHS.


Walk:              From Kings Arms North following Grand Union Canal to Bridge 72a.

         Cross bridge, continue across fields and path then through churchyard of Knowle Church and into Knowle village. Time to explore inside church if wished.  Pavement walking (take care, busy A41) for 10-15 minutes down Stripes Hill,  crossing road just short of Garden Centre and continuing across fields and paths. 3 stiles (toward end of walk).  Re-join A41 briefly, just before entrance to pub car park (Take care here, view of oncoming traffic is restricted.) Mostly easy, flat walking. No steep climbs. Approx 4 miles.  Toilets at start of walk

Lunch:            Provisional booking for 12

If you are likely to stop for lunch please advise beforehand, if possible ,to give some indication of final numbers.

Food orders can be given in advance, or on the morning of the walk. Please click here for menu .

Large menu with additional choice of fixed price options (marked selected dishes).  2 courses £12:50, 3 courses£15:50


Leaders:         Merryl Muat  and Christine Harris, 07952 281917 and 07845 467233

                        merrylmuat@hotmail.com christine.harris5@btinternet.com

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Second October Walk 2018

When:       Wednesday 17th October 2018

Where:     Aston Cantlow

Meet:         Kings Head, 21 Bearley Rd, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HY

Directions:         (16m, ½ hr). Take A452 towards Kenilworth. TR at Evesons Fuels into Meer End Rd., A4177 towards Warwick. At Five Ways island take 2nd L into Five Ways Rd and continue to Claverdon. Here TR onto A4189 towards Henley and shortly after the Crab Mill pub TL into Pettiford Lane and continue to the T junction with A3400. TR onto A3400. After 1/2 m bear L onto B4089 Alcester Rd by the Bulls Head, and shortly afterwards TL (still B4089) and continue towards Little Arne. After about 1 1/2m bear L at junction with minor road (going towards Sheffield), and shortly afterwards TL off the B4089 towards Little Arne. After 1/3m TR into Beatley Rd and continue to Aston Cantlow where the pub is on the RHS

Walk detail:       5.5m, easy walking. After a short climb up a ridge called Rough Hills we go over arable fields to the hamlet of Newnham, returning over bridleways and footpaths and through the churchyard to the pub. There are three stiles, all in the final part of the walk.

Afterwards:       At the pub. Geoff would like lunch orders by 6pm on Tuesday 16th October please. The menus are on the website: Click here For Menus. Click on the individual links for the different menus.

Leader:     Geoff Kennedy, tel: 01676 535094, email: kennedy@tiscali.co.uk

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